You refer to the 'Sabena Strategy' when you attack the threat to strike at AZ
from the Pilot Unions, yet you clearly failed to understand the strategy used at Sabena.
It seems the only thing the management and the majority shareholders of SN
(at that time: SR
and the Belgian Government) did well during those last months of 2001 was to spread the image of pilots going on strike without anysound reason and thus finishing of their own company.
Exactly the opposite was true!
pilots were the only ones which saw the problems coming (SR was due to give SN
additional financing according to an agreement signed a few months earlier, but all signs were there to believe the Swiss were not going to honour their financial obligations. Since the money was needed the same day it was supposed to be paid to pay back a loan, any delay in the payment from the Swiss would mean immediate bankruptcy of SN
!) In order to FORCE the Belgian government to make contingency plans and look for alternative funding to avoid bankruptcy, we rang the alarm bell, yet were not heart, hence we went on strike to get public attention to this mismanagement of the Belgian government.
We were publicly called incompetent, foolish, crazy, and even economic kamikaze terrorists by Rik Daems, the minister responsible for Sabena at that time, which claimed SR
was gong to honor all their financial obligations and that we had no clue.
Of course, the evening before the payment was due, SR
faxed a lettre to the board of SN
shareholders stating they were NOT going to pay and SN
had no contingency plan for the next day, so they had to file for bankruptcy protection....
The rest is history, but you see, things are not always like they appear...
I would therefore prefer you not to refer to the Sabena strategy so lightly.